The Last Best Friend

The Last Best Friend The small man standing on the narrow ledge stared fixedly forward with eyes made wide and blank by terror At pm on a Monday in Ned Balfour wakes in Corsica beside a beautiful woman In the same

  • Title: The Last Best Friend
  • Author: George Sims
  • ISBN: 9780881844047
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Paperback
  • The small man standing on the narrow ledge stared fixedly forward with eyes made wide and blank by terror At 2pm on a Monday in 1966, Ned Balfour wakes in Corsica beside a beautiful woman In the same instant, back in London, fellow art dealer and Dachau survivor Sam Weiss falls ten stories to his death Ned refuses to believe that Sam s death was intentional, and his i The small man standing on the narrow ledge stared fixedly forward with eyes made wide and blank by terror At 2pm on a Monday in 1966, Ned Balfour wakes in Corsica beside a beautiful woman In the same instant, back in London, fellow art dealer and Dachau survivor Sam Weiss falls ten stories to his death Ned refuses to believe that Sam s death was intentional, and his investigation thrusts him into the deceit and fraudulence of the art world, where he unmasks than one respectable face First published in 1967, this thrilling tale of vertigo, suspicion and infidelity is a long forgotten classic with an intriguing plot twist.

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    1. In some ways, The Last Best Friend hasn’t aged very well. Ned Balfour’s a womanizing dealer in manuscripts, separated from his wife and prey to the easy sex of 1960s London. When the novel was first published in 1967, groping was obviously more acceptable with fictional sleuths (think James Bond, Charles Mordecai, Sam Spade) than in the era of Harvey Weinstein. The novel’s beginning is a middle-aged man’s fantasy come to life: The novel opens with Ned on vacation in Capri with a pretty, [...]

    2. Jan Williams McGreger A quick but interest-sustaining read, George Sims wrote this book in the 1960s, about a swinging and hip World War II veteran on the hunt for whoever murdered his concentration camp survivor friend. Ned Balfour, who is separated from his wife, alienated from his children, and has an infidelity problem, receives a telegram while playing with a bikini-clad nymph in the Mediterranean. His dearest friend, Sammy Weiss, needs his "advice on a terrible decision" that he must make. [...]

    3. The introduction by Martin Edwards illuminates further who George Sims was (d. 1999) and perhaps why he isn’t as well known as his contemporaries of the time (the “Swinging Sixties”) like John le Carre and Len Deighton. Sims’s style is descriptive, literary, revealing a deep knowledge of London. Ned Balfour can’t reconcile that his friend Sam, a concentration camp survivor, has committed suicide. Both Balfour and Sam are antiquarian booksellers (as Simms was until his death), and Ned i [...]

    4. An enjoyable crime-fic story through late sixties London, with a soundtrack of Be-Bop and Beatles, and some fascinating descriptions of the Capital of the time.People may be interested in a blog looking at other London based crime novels. /author_blog

    5. Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.George Sims, (1923-1999) has been referred to contemporaneously and posthumously as a prodigiously talented writer of noir, memoirs and gritty realistic mystery/thrillers. He was also an antiquarian bookseller in real life and wrote about his acquaintances and acquisitions in the rare book trade. His writing garnered praise from a host of fellow writers and this particular book, The Last Best Friend, was included in H.R.F. Keating's list of '100 be [...]

    6. The Last Best Friend opens with recently separated Ned Balfour enjoying a lighthearted Mediterranean vacation with a young woman. He receives a cable from his best friend Sammy Weiss telling him he has a “terrible decision” to make and needs Ned’s advice. Before Ned can call him, he gets another telegram telling him his friend is dead and he must come home.He can’t quite understand why his friend would kill himself, particularly since jumping out a window is probably that last choice of [...]

    7. "The Last Best Friend" is a mystery set mostly in England in 1966 and was originally published in 1967. The mystery involved something that happened during WWII. However, the first 27% of the story was mostly a mid-aged man (Ned Balfour) carrying on an affair with a girl half his age and, later on, having sex with a friend of his wife. The actual sex happened "off screen" and was thought or talked about using euphemistic terms, but there was one scene with graphically described upper body female [...]

    8. Few people would do what Ned Balfour does in George Sims’ The Last Best Friend. After Balfour’s friend, Sam Weiss, falls out a window and dies, Ned drops his sunny holiday in Corsica and heads back to London to find out why. It doesn’t make sense that Weiss would commit suicide. Plus, there is the telegram he sent Balfour about a “terrible decision” he had to make. The best clue that Weiss didn’t kill himself comes later in the book, when Balfour is beaten up. Every mystery reader kn [...]

    9. Why does Sam Weiss fall ten stories to his death, when he suffers from vertigo? Was he killed? Ned investigates until he finds the answers lying back in time to art stolen during WWII. A fast-paced suspenseful book with twists that will leave you breathless. Thank you to The Poisoned Pen Press for reprinting George Sims' books. I can't wait to read the next heart-pounding tale by this author.

    10. 3.5 star.Overall an enjoyable, quick suspenseful read. Poisoned Pen Pressed advertises "The Last Best Friend" as a thriller but this isn't much a thriller to me. Suspenseful enough, the plot certainly is somewhat captivating and memorable, slightly more than satisfactory but nothing spectacular.What I love about the book is the simple but intriguing plot. Is the death of the protagonist's best friend incidental, intentional or suicidal? What happened? Who's involved? "The Last Best Friend" has a [...]

    11. Perhaps if I were British, I might find this book fascinating. They do approach things a bit differently on that side of the Pond. But, alas, as an American reader, I need a bit more action, a bit more plotting, a bit more of a lot of things. Bottom line is I tried and tried, but this book just didn't fit me. Maybe it would fit someone else a bit better?

    12. Another absorbing 60s set mystery story from British Library Classics.It is very atmospheric and bowls along at a good pace. Recommended.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Poisoned Pen Press via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    13. Picked this one up from the library on a whim. The story is a bit clunky, but the strong sense of place and the peeks into the world of collecting are fun.

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